Michael Novak was born in Los Angeles, and lived in New York City for ten years before moving to Portland in 2007—officially placing him in the category of “person most despised by native-born Portlanders.” Over a 20-year career, he’s been an editorial Art Director at Time Warner and Portland Monthly, as well as an illustrator, designer, animator, and storyboard artist. 

The highlight of Mike’s brief animation career was a year-long stint as a character layout animator on the Fox show King of The Hill, before he decided that drawing Hank Hill all day long was pretty damn boring. After the act of sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring put the kibosh on his freelance illustration career, he discovered design, which he loves.

His duties at Portland Monthly consist of making the magazine look and read awesomely, by designing covers, features, and pretty much anything else. In his free time he likes to sleep.

Eat Here Now

Nimblefish Brings the Art of Sushi Back to the Basics

With a stellar wine list to boot.

02/27/2018 By Benjamin Tepler


An Ancient Middle Eastern Liquor Makes Its Oregon Debut

Distilled from imported Syrian anise and Willamette Valley pinot grapes, Oregon Arak has a foot in both worlds.

02/27/2018 By Ramona DeNies


Can Chef Erik Van Kley Vault Belmont's Accanto into a Citywide Must-Eat?

The longtime restaurant ace slid into the unassuming neighborhood spot in November. Can he make it worthy of a drive across town?

02/27/2018 By Karen Brooks


Meet Portland's Master Bladesmiths

Our city is a capital of cutlery. These knife makers are a slice above.

02/27/2018 By Mike Allen

Trophy Case

This Stuff Will Get Your Home Lookin' Good

From macramé to elegant lamps, here's how to zhoosh up your house.

02/27/2018 By Eden Dawn

A State of Hunger

Hunger in Oregon, by the Numbers

Why does our state rank so high in food insecurity? Here's a look at the stats.

02/27/2018 By Fiona McCann and Christine Menges

Breaking News

Sellwood's Either/Or Expands to N Williams

The freewheeling coffee shop, mocktail lab, and chai factory will morph into a bar with a full menu in May.

02/19/2018 By Benjamin Tepler


Go Beyond the Cheese Plate at These Portland Wine Bars

Oui Wine Bar and Park Avenue Fine Wines put a premium on food.

01/30/2018 By Benjamin Tepler


How Sterling Coffee Roasters Found the Heart of Portland Café Culture

After 12 years, a new location captures all that is great about these guys.

01/30/2018 By Karen Brooks


Chocolate Babka Is the Best Thing Ever

Pastry whiz Clare Gordon teaches the art of buttery, chocolate-filled bread.

01/30/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Cannabis: Strain Picks

The Best Cannabis Strains for Any Occasion

Partying? Adventuring? Sleeping? Budtenders at top Portland dispensaries steer the way.

01/30/2018 By Eleanor Van Buren

Cannabis: Top Shops

Portland's 9 Finest Cannabis Dispensaries

From converted firehouses to Scandinavian-chic spots, here are the city's top shops—newcomers welcome!

01/30/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, and Benjamin Tepler


How Do You Make a Bar Fun? The Elvis Room Duo Tells All.

The barmen behind Portland's double-decker ode to the King know how to create a space that's always on your mind.

01/30/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Gridiron Glory

Meet Mel Renfro, Portland's Vintage Super Bowl Champion

Hey now, you're an all-star.

01/30/2018 By Christopher Warner

Drink Here Now

4 New Portland Bars to Visit This Winter

Our city's latest crop of watering holes is wild, bright, and a little spooky.

12/28/2017 By Benjamin Tepler, Fiona McCann, Eleanor Van Buren, and Ramona DeNies


Boost Your Smoothie Game with These DIY Nut Milks

Cristina Baez, the tastemaker behind Ataula and 180, shares her recipe for creamy, do-it-all nut milks.

12/28/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Year in Review

Portland's 10 Biggest Restaurant Openings and Closings of 2017

We take stock of the whirlwind year in food.

12/27/2017 By Eat Beat Team


Oregon’s Best New Children’s Books

The recent crop boasts poetry, biographies, and a Mo Willems stamp of approval.

11/20/2017 By Fiona McCann